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Poster: finnobrit Date: Sep 22, 2009 12:58am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

It's more than just us being annoyed about the e-mail thing, revealing users' addresses like that without consent or warning is probably illegal, and clearly not something they'd want users to know about.

If they don't respond to us we might post about this e-mail issue on every archive.org forum, and if that doesn't work we could report archive.org to a privacy pressure group or even law enforcement agency.


"No site support, email addresses just out there for anyone to grab and use for spam, absolutely no staff member anywhere to answer any questions, no one to even talk to about helping out on a volunteer basis..."

If things are that bad, it makes me wonder how long archive.org will continue to exist. If they don't have the resources to answer e-mails or even induct volunteers to help out, do they really have the resources to indefinitely host an ever-growing mountain of ever-larger video and other files?

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Sep 22, 2009 2:40am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

I've already considered many of the points you've brought up. The idea of putting on pressure by making as much noise in the forums is a good one except for the fact that our concerns are evidently being ignored by staff, but at the very least by us posting messages we would make other patrons aware of this problem, which is also important. As for what we can do to protect our privacy, the only option I could think of is to not only refrain from uploading new material, but to take the time of looking up everything we've already uploaded and take it down. I don't know how effective this would be because if there are no staff members to move the items, then there are no staff to remove the details pages. I know as an uploader I can delete certain files when I edit one of my pages, but I don't know if I can delete the file with my e-mail address. I think only staff can take down the details page. Another point, if IA were to continue to ignore our concerns on this issue and we were to take the matter up with an outside agency by filing complaints against them, one of two things would happen, both extreme. One, the problem would be taken care of and we could continue to use this site the way we have been without worrying about giving up our privacy. The other, and most likely, result would be that IA would shut down, and as angry as I am right now, I still don't want that to happen as I still feel that IA is worth saving. Lastly, the last point you brought up, about IA shutting down, there's a possibility that it may already be in the process of doing so, but all I can do is guess since my attempts to get answers to what's going on have been futile. I still hope that things will straighten out. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Poster: Dwight Frye Date: Sep 22, 2009 5:45am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

Am beginning to wonder if there even is a staff.Have already put a hold on all uploads,until they get things straightened out.One thing we could do,remove all items that we have posted here and close our accounts.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Sep 22, 2009 10:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Spam from metadata file?

You may have something there. Pissed off as I am right now, I would like nothing better than to think there is another reason for what's happening here than just the staff being a bunch of lazy, irresponsible jerks. If they were to offer a reasonable explanation for why things are the way they are, then I would have no choice but to take back the critcisms I've made. Until then, we're left to figure things out on our own.

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